The Under 14 Bulls have continued their rollicking start to the season with a massive win over City Colts Blue.
The Colts were set the imposing but not impossible task of chasing 179 after a blistering batting display by the Bulls the previous week.
Under the guidance of stand-in coach Rod Willett, the Bulls knew that early wickets would be the key to the victory.
The opening partnership was broken in the second over when a mix-up allowed Jyda House to pounce on a loose ball to run out the Colts opener.
His co-captain Caleb Mitchell cracked through the defences of the number three to have the Colts in trouble at 2/11.
After a steadying partnership it took a great catch from Dillon Kirchen off the bowling of Luke Phillips for the next wicket to fall. This was the start of a monumental collapse.
Left arm Pocket rocket Harry Barker forced a poor stroke from the Colts batsman with the ball snapped up by Desi O’Kane.
The Colts cracked under the overwhelming pressure built up by the Bulls.
Wickets to Sam Wood and another brilliant run out from Jyda House had the Colts 6/40. Dillon Kirchen came in to wrap up the tail taking a career best 3/7 with the Colts bowled out for 59.
The Bulls sent the Colts back in with 18 over still remaining for the day.
It didn’t take long before the Colts were in all sorts of trouble.
Two wickets to Austin Willett and one each to Tanner Irvine, Oscar Elliott, Barker and O’Kane had the Colts 6/21.
The Colts then batted out the day to hold off a rare outright victory to the Bulls.
Awards with special thanks to the sponsors Caleb Mitchell – Yarrawonga Fish and Chips. Harry Barker – Crusty Loaf Bakery.
A Reserve in a strong position
A Reserve entered their round five clash at The Gardens with the Benalla Bushrangers undefeated and a superb bowling spell by Angus Heslin has put them in a great position to keep that record intact next week.
Heslin opened the bowling with the returning Angus McMillan and the pair immediately had the Bushrangers middle order batsmen scurrying for their gear.
Heslin, fresh from 4 for 0 in the morning at the same venue, made the pitch his own grabbing a further 3 for 12 from his 6 overs including batsmen 1, 2 and 4.
This had the Bushrangers reeling at 3 for 8 after 6 overs.
The Benalla captain came out with an aggressive intent, but a mix up between the wickets saw him run out for 16.
The Lakers had reduced the Bushrangers to 4 for 43 at drinks and were looking to keep the pressure on the batsmen.
Brendan ‘Willis’ Lewis got things started in the right fashion, grabbing a wicket with the fourth ball after the interval and when Ned Mullins followed up with another quick wicket - the Benalla side looked in real trouble at 6 for 53.
Wily veteran Trevor Saker came to the crease and engaged in a battle for the ages with Yarrawonga star Gary Browning, the two trading shots as Saker took the points for the day with a couple of boundaries behind square.
Nick Irvine was brought into the attack to try and grab a wicket before tea and he didn’t let his team mates down, snaring the wicket of Saker for 22 before the interval.
The Bushrangers had slumped to 7 for 85 after 40 overs.
Lewis and Irvine cleaned up the tail after the break to see the Bushrangers dismissed for 105.
This left the Lakers 15 overs to complete on day 1 which openers Ben Irvine and Ji Dawson managed with only a couple of scares.
The Lakers finished the day at 0 for 37 and in a very strong position.
The Lakers will be looking to post a big total next week to consolidate their position in the top four at this early stage of the season.
B Grade Lakers on top
The B Grade Lakers travelled to Greta to take on the Greta Cricket Club on their home ground turf wicket.
Losing the toss again for the third week in a row, the Lakers were sent into bowl.
The openers for the Lakers began brilliantly, bowling a great line and length on a slow-ish wicket, Josh Pickering and Alex Lovel both snaring a wicket a piece - Pickering claimed 1 for 11 off 6 overs and Lovel finished with 1 for 4 of 6 overs.
Cooper Bennett and Sam Lidgerwood came on as first change and bowled even better than the openers.
Bennett snaring 2 for 10 off 7 overs and Lidgerwood, the pick of the bowlers, claiming 3 for 4 off 6 overs, and at one stage being on a hat trick, but was denied.
To finish the innings spinner Jack Kennedy was brought into the attack as well as Cory Pearn for some tweakers as well, with Kennedy claiming 1 for12 off 5 overs and Pearn grabbing 1 for 11 off his 4 overs.
Greta finished their first quarter of the innings in trouble at 9 for 64 after 34 overs.
The Lakers then came out for their first quarter of 34 overs, Sam Willett and Jason Cox once again opened the innings.
It wasn’t long before Willett was gone, caught in the gully for 2, then Cox was caught once again for 6, the Lakers losing 2 quick wickets.
This then brought in Mitch Collins-Bye to the crease with the man of the moment Sam Lidgerwood who both batted aggressively and got the Lakers past Greta’s first quarter total of 64.
Lidgerwood was then caught off an edge for a well-made 31.
This brought Ted Graham to the crease to join Collins–Bye who then had one thump into his pads and was gone LBW for 31.
Bennett came in and didn’t bother the scores, bowled for a duck.
Pearn was next to face Greta and the batsman combined well, getting the Lakers to the end of the 34 overs with a first innings lead - the Lakers being 5 for 125 at the end of the day.
A great all-round team performance which has the Lakers in good position for the second day of play on Saturday.
Lakers get runs on the board against Colts
The Yarrawonga Mulwala Lakers A Grade scored 9 for 264 against the undefeated City Colts at Bill O’Callaghan Oval in Wangaratta.
The total was on the back of a brilliant 104 not out from Matt Casey.
The hundred was Casey’s second this season and a third in his career in the Wangaratta and District Cricket Association.
The Lakers won the toss and elected to bat on a warm spring day.
Reid Clarke opened with Ben Welsh and they combined for a 57-run partnership from 21 overs. Welsh fell for 27; bringing Casey to the crease.
Clarke and Casey negotiated a further 12 overs adding 28 runs before Clarke fell for 45 with the score on 85. Clarke was provided with three lives being dropped on 4, 16 and 20.
Coming off back-to-back hundreds, Josh Lawrence joined Casey and the pair added 52 runs from their 15 over together at the centre wicket either side of the tea break.
Lawrence was out next for 38 which consisted of 6 boundaries and a six.
Knight was next to the crease with the score at 3 for 137.
Knight played four scoring shots which were all boundaries in a partnership of 41 with Casey.
With the score on 178, Knight was dismissed for 16.
James Irvine, batting up the order, partnered with Casey for 37 runs adding 13, while Casey made his way to 69. But with 215 runs on the board after 68 overs, Irvine was run out.
Brock McCabe was dismissed an over later with no addition to the scoreboard.
With six overs left in the day’s play, Casey was on 69 and whispers about another century where circling the oval.
Casey hastened the thought with a four and a six coming within 4 deliveries from Ned Moyle.
Another 6 runs were added by Casey moving him to 85 when Ben Doyle fell and the Lakers were 7 for 231 with just over four overs remaining.
Corey McIntosh came to the wicket and a 17-run partnership saw Casey move to 97 when McIntosh fell at 8 for 248.
Will Sharp joined Casey with 14 balls left for the day and batted superbly to negotiate several deliveries before turning the strike over to Casey.
Casey brought up his second century of the season in the second last over of play with a quick ran two runs.
Sharp faced out the final over adding 6 runs before being dismissed on the last ball of the day.
Casey finished the days play on 104 not out while Sharp contributed a valuable 8 runs in a 16 run final partnership including 14 off the final two overs.
The Lakers will return to Bill O’Callaghan Oval this Saturday with 264 runs on the board and a bowling attack of Jim Irvine, Matt Knight, Ben Doyle, Matt McCabe, Corey McIntosh, Will Sharp and spinner Brock McCabe capable of restricting the opposition’s run scoring and taking wickets.
Team performance delivers Bulls win
Game four had the YMCC Bulls heading back to school for the morning taking on the Rutherglen Red side at the Rutherglen High School.
Captain Tahlia Thomson won the toss and elected to field on a dry outfield.
All players had a bowl with wickets going to Cohen Cuskelly, Tahlia Thomson, Ollie Cope and Ben Kennedy.
Ollie Cope and Maya Hargreaves bowled a terrific maiden over each.
Ben Kennedy took a catch and Tahlia pulled off a spectacular run out in a great all round bowling and fielding performance.
Rutherglen finished 5/61 in a good batting display setting the young Bulls a challenge if they were to take a win.
In response the Bulls got off to a great start with Pacey Haebich leading the way in the opening position.
Ollie Cope 14, Ben Kennedy 20, Lucas Eales 9, Cohen Cuskelly 10, Tahlia Thomson 3, Ollie Connell 7 and Maya Hargreaves 8 all retired not out in a fantastic batting display.
After a fine 20 last week, Bodhi Leonard was run out in unfortunate circumstances pushing to get extra runs for his side with a team first attitude.
The Bulls finished on 2/120 in a fine batting display and excellent all round performance.
A nice job by Rutherglen to organise a minutes silence at 11am for Remembrance Day and well done to all players and parents who stood as one in acknowledgement.
Awards: Tahlia Thomson- Video Land. Lucas Eales- McDonalds.